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The Nix: A powerful drama about a mother and son by Nathan Hill

Whatever you love the most- can hurt you the most. That’s the premise of The Nix, an electrifying novel by Nathan Hill.

books Updated: Oct 29, 2016 08:21 IST
Lakshana Palat
The cover of the book, The Nix, by Nathan Hill
The cover of the book, The Nix, by Nathan Hill

For those who might not know, Nix is a creature from Norwegian folktales who enthralls children, and carries them off to get them drowned. Author Nathan Hill uses Nix as a metaphor in the novel with the subtext to say, whatever you love the most, can hurt you. And indeed, whatever the characters value, ends up harming them. A powerful psychological and twisted drama, the book takes you on a historical and psychological ride.

Samuel Anderson is a struggling writer and an apathetic college professor, whose mother Faye walked out on him when he was a child. One day, much to his shock, she is splashed all over the news as she throws rocks at a presidential candidate, which is a sly reference to the current US elections. While the media embroiders stories about Faye and calls her a militant radical, Samuel decides to uncover the secrets of his mother’s past. However, the novel is verbose and could have been edited sharply.

Fact File:

Title: The Nix
Author: Nathan Hill
Publisher: Picador- Pan Macmillan
Price: Rs. 650